Football Flyers avenge last year’s defeat to Oakville with 20-7 victory

Lindbergh set to tackle Lafayette Lancers on Friday

By STEPHEN GLOVER

The Lindbergh High School football Flyers avenged last season’s 23-16 loss to the Oakville Tigers with a 20-7 victory Friday night.

Oakville (1-3, 0-1 Suburban West) has struggled from the start of the season and Friday night’s home game was no different.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” Oakville head coach Arlee Conners told the Call. “We did do some good things, but we also did some bad things like penalties and turnovers.”

Lindbergh (3-1, 3-1 Suburban West) continues one of the best defensive efforts in the area as the Flyers have recorded two shutouts and kept opponents to just 4.25 points a game this season.

“The first half was rough,” Lindbergh head coach Tom Beauchamp said. “We weren’t moving the ball like we wanted to. But in the second half, we got things going.”

Lindbergh’s defense struck first with 4:59 left in the first quarter when sophomore defensive lineman Corey Boemer intercepted a pass by Oakville quarterback Joe Plassmeyer. Boemer ran it back for a 38-yard touchdown.

“Corey’s a big physical kid,” Beauchamp said. “He’s one of the few sophomores that we brought up and he’s done a really good job up the middle.”

Oakville’s Chris Anthony tied the score at 7-7 on a seven-yard touchdown run with 10:24 left in the first half. The junior running back carried the ball 27 times for 117 yards and the Tigers’ lone touchdown.

“We’re definitely fortunate to have him when Jourdan Riley went down,” Conners said. “He’s played pretty solid for us all year long.”

Lindbergh took a 14-7 lead late in the third quarter when senior wide receiver Charles Little caught a 48-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Zeke Scott with 1 minute remaining in the quarter.

Little finished the evening with two receptions for 62 yards. He has 77 yards receiving this season.

“Charles has real good hands and real good speed,” Beauchamp said. “He ran a really good route and connected with Zeke from about 20 yards out. He put a couple of moves on the defense and was down the middle for a touchdown.”

Scott completed 12 of 17 passes for 179 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

“Zeke had a pretty decent game,” the Lindbergh coach said. “He’s making good decisions and I think he’s starting to hit his stride.”

Lindbergh’s third touchdown came with 3:42 left in the fourth quarter on a three-yard touchdown run by senior running back Antwon Robinson.

“Antwon’s been playing solid all year long,” Beauchamp said. “The more times he carries the ball for us, the more consistent he becomes.”

The Flyers are back in action at 7 p.m. Friday when they play host to Lafayette (1-2, 1-2 Suburban West).

Lafayette is coming off a 49-6 win at home over Northwest as the Lancers ran the ball for 260 yards.

“Lafayette is a big and physical team and we really expect to have a battle with them,” Beauchamp said. “We’ve really got our work cut out for us.”

The Tigers also are back in action at 7 p.m. Friday when they travel to Marquette (1-3, 0-2 Suburban West). Marquette dropped a 41-13 decision to Kirkwood as the Pioneers blistered the Mustang defense for 490 yards of total offense.

“Marquette will be a good chance to see just what Tiger football team is going to show up,” Conners said. “We’re still confident that the guys we have will catch on and we’ll continue to work with the kids that we have and find the right combo to get the job done. In the end, it’s about us doing what we’re supposed to do in order to win.”